The Police Accountability Board Alliance (PABA) was formed by the Police Accountability Board Organizing Committee, which in 2017 recommended to the Rochester City Council an ordinance establishing a Police Accountability Board. First Unitarian Church is a member organization of PABA. The purpose of the Alliance is to nominate Rochester community members to represent the interests of civilian residents of the City of Rochester on the Rochester Police Accountability Board. This group meets the first and third Wednesdays via Zoom – contact one of our representatives for the link.

Contact: Mary Hammele and Penny Townsend-Quill

Originally begun as part of First Unitarian’s social justice efforts, Connect & Breathe is now a separate 501©(3) not for profit organization which creates safe space to talk about abortion experiences by offering a talkline staffed by people trained to listen and provide unbiased support and encouragement of self-care. Whether abortion has affected you or a loved one, yesterday or years ago, Connect & Breathe is here for you. If you feel called to volunteer with this organization, please reach out to our church’s coordinators (below).

Contact: Laura Humphrey or Julia Smith

First Unitarian is honored to be one of many local member congregations of Roc/ACTS, which endeavors to transform our community together toward equity and justice through community organizing. Interested in learning more? Reach out to our Roc/ACTS church coordinators (below)

Contact: Ellie Stauffer or Jon Horne

UUSC is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights. Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of crisis.

NY UU Justice is designed to educate, build community, connect faith to action and inspire us to live our Principles in the world. They work for accessibility, reproductive, economic and racial justice, among others.